Latest reports coming in from Ikeja area of Lagos State,
western Nigeria, suggest that there is panic among
residents in the area over the burial rites of the late Olu of
Ikeja Kingdom, Oba Rauf Adeniyi Aremu Matemi.
According to a circulating rumour, the burial of the late Oba
of Ikeja, who was declared dead last week Tuesday, includes
the slicing off of ’7 heads’ to be buried alongside the late
The monarch was said to have died in his palace after a brief
illness and since then, there have been restriction of
movement in Ikeja area due to burial rites allegedly being
carried out on the death of the traditional ruler.
All businesses and shops at Ikeja local government were
closed down for business as a mark of honour for the
However, commercial vehicles and tricycles (Keke Napep)
operators were seen going about with their businesses.
When newsmen visited the palace Wednesday morning,
traditional rulers, Iyaloja, Baales, members of the Hausa
community were there to mourn the monarch.
It was gathered that some rituals were also being performed
in the honour of the late Oba at the palace. Some traditional
chiefs were also seen wearing white wrappers as well.
Attempt to find out the cause of the death of the monarch, one
of his chiefs, who did not disclose his name, said such
information could not be disclosed to the media because of
some rituals that needed to be carried out first.